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1001 Fireflies

Red Rose Chain is proud to announce the Research and Development for their new multi-sensory play 1001 Fireflies – made possible through the continued support of Arts Council England.

1001 Fireflies follows on from the overwhelming response to the company’s first multi-sensory production, The Green Children, last year; which received unanimous praise from critics and audience members alike. This success clearly demonstrated the need for more accessible and high quality theatre made for young people with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD), something directors Kirsty Thorpe and Laura Norman are particularly passionate about.

This funding from Arts Council England allows Kirsty and Laura to develop 1001 Fireflies with students from a number of partner schools across Suffolk, before staging a public performance on Saturday 19th November at their studio theatre, The Avenue for anyone to attend.

Hedley Swain, Area Director, South East, Arts Council England, said:

“We are really pleased to be able to support Red Rose Chain’s 1001 Fireflies. It is really important that art is accessible for everyone, so productions like this are essential if we are to fulfil this ambition.”

1001 Fireflies uses movement, puppetry and rich visuals to explore the story of Peta, a ‘world famous entomologist’ who loves to study insects, but finds her world is crumbling around her. This threat sends her on an epic rescue mission including a hungry polar bear, luminous fish and a severe lack of sandwiches!

The play has received additional funding from Suffolk County Council, and East of England Co-op – previous Headline sponsor of Red Rose Chain’s largest event, their annual outdoor extravaganza Theatre in the Forest. East of England Co-op are proud to support Red Rose Chain’s work in reaching more PMLD audience members than ever.

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